|Birth name||Vaughn Lee Smith|
June 15, 1986 |
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, YouTube personality|
|Labels||Kon Live Distribution
Vaughn Lee "Von" Smith (born June 15, 1986) is an American singer and internet personality. Smith gained success via his YouTube videos. These garnered national attention, which led to an appearance on The View in February 2007. He soon signed a recording contract with Kon Live Distribution. In 2009 he auditioned for the eighth season of American Idol getting into the Top 36. In 2012 he was featured as the ultimate "opening act" for the season finale of the United States reality show of the same name, performing as the opener at Lady Gaga's Brisbane, Australia show on June 14, 2012.
In 2009 Smith auditioned for the eighth season of American Idol, with mixed reviews from the judges. However, they accepted him for the Hollywood Round. During the Hollywood Round, Von's version of "If the Rain Must Fall" caused Simon Cowell to call it "indulgent nonsense." The other judges overlooked Simon's comment, and accepted Von into the Top 36. He was eliminated on March 4, 2009 after singing "You're All I Need to Get By", but was brought back to wild card performance on March 5, picking "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" as his next song, but was eliminated once again.
|Week #||Theme||Song choice||Original artist|
|Audition||N/A||"Over the Rainbow"||Judy Garland|
|Hollywood||First Solo||"If the Rain Must Fall"||James Morrison|
|Hollywood||Second Solo||"Sir Duke"||Stevie Wonder|
|Top 36/Group 3||Billboard Hot 100||"You're All I Need to Get By"||Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell|
|Wild Card||N/A||"Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"||Elton John|
In the fall of 2010 he appeared in the concert revue For The Record: Quentin Tarantino in Los Angeles, presented by ROCKLA for Show at Barre. It ran from August to October and also starred Jenna Leigh Green, Autumn Reeser, Ty Taylor, and Audra Mae. Then from November 2010 through January 2011 Von starred in Show At Barre's For The Record: John Hughes. Also starring Barrett Foa, Tracie Thoms and Ty Taylor.
In 2012 Smith was chosen as the ultimate "opening act" for the season finale of the United States reality show of the same name, performing as the opener for Lady Gaga's Brisbane, Australia show on June 14, 2012. The episode aired on E! Entertainment in September 2012.
Smith has also been involved with Postmodern Jukebox, performing covers of popular songs re-imagined into vintage genres including Magic!'s reggae styled, "Rude", which was arranged into a 1950s sock-hop version with backing by Robyn Adele Anderson and Jen Kiple.
- 2014: On To Something
- 2012: Hopeless (Opening Act)
- The View., 27 February 2007.
- "Lady Gaga to be featured on E!'s Opening Act". GagaMedia.net. July 10, 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- For Some, American Idol is a Second Chance at Fame Yahoo News, February 4, 2009
- MICHAEL HAFFORD (25 March 2016). "This Retro Justin Timberlake Cover Is Captivating". Refinery29. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
- "Rude - Vintage 1950s Sock Hop - Style MAGIC! Cover ft. Von Smith". YouTube.com. Postmodern Jukebox. 15 June 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2016.